To: The Maine State House, The Maine State Senate, and Governor Janet Mills

Restore MaineCare Section 17 Services

In a letter from the Maine DHHS, providers and clients were informed that access to Section 17 services will be extremely limited as of April 8, 2016. This action will result in many individuals being discharged from needed case management services.

Why is this important?

As a provider of case management services, I have experienced first hand how vital these services can be to members of our community. Case management services can prevent or shorten the time someone is homeless, ensure vulnerable members of our communities are fed and assist the recipients' of services so that they are able to develop the skills to live an independent and fulfilling life. The proposed changes to Section 17 would limit access to case management, skills development, day supports and other vital services. It is imperative that these services not be reduced to a specific vulnerable population and are available to those who need it.